On Jan. 10, the California Department of Food and Agriculture said there were no additional cases of equine herpesvirus-1 at the LAEC. The facility still has one horse under quarantine isolation awaiting negative testing.
A group of people stood waiting alongside the track rail at the Middleburg Training Center on Nov. 19—eyes fixed on the entrance. As two horses and riders donned in reflective gear trotted into view on the driveway, a cheer erupted and kept a steady rumble as the riders approached, high-fiving one another as their 3,000 mile journey across the United States came to an end.
Valerie Ashker and her partner Peter Friedman started their journey in Georgetown, Calif., on May 9 on the backs of two off-the-track Thoroughbreds, Solar Express and Primitivo.
Back when Torrey Wilkinson was a sophomore in college she became captivated with the Andalusian. She’d signed up to study abroad in Spain and was introduced to the breed, then later went to Ecuador for seven months and had the opportunity to ride a few which solidified her resolve.
“I actually loved the breed and their mind and how adept they were for dressage, and I sort of fell in love with them,” said Wilkinson.
So she went to her mother Debby Messick, who has a small Hanoverian breeding business, hoping she’d get her dream horse.
Fédération Equestre Internationale officials announced Nov. 10 that they have opened a case against Irish show jumper Kevin Thornton for alleged abuse of the horse Flogas Sunset Cruise, who died on Oct. 10 during the GPA Jump Festival CSI** in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.
Holly Breaux has never been one to take it easy. Perhaps her approach to a meters-per-minute clinic best mimics her full-speed approach to life.
“My trainer at the time was like, ‘OK canter around at novice speed [with no watches,] and we’ll see how close you get.’ We take about five strides, and then we just gallop. We gallop the whole way and came back and she said, ‘That’s not novice speed,’ and I’m like, ‘I know,’ ” Breaux recounts, self-satisfaction creeping into her tone.
Swiss Olympic show jumper Steve Guerdat announced via his website on Nov. 8 that his 2012 London Olympic Games gold medal partner Nino Des Buissonnets will retire at the CHI Geneva (Switzerland) on Dec. 11 following his last round there.
The World Equestrian Center and Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club are partnering to develop the World Equestrian Center South in Ocala, Fla. They recently acquired 1,000 additional acres adjacent to the 1,200-acre Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club property, which is where the new facility will be built.
The plans for the property include 17 rings with footing and an additional grass ring. The goal is to break ground in November.